February is American Heart Month in the United States and Calbiotech wants to increase awareness by encouraging the conversation around heart disease, a leading cause of death for adults in the U.S.
An alarming fact is that more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure - and people with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease when compared to those with normal blood pressure, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While heart disease doesn't discriminate, your gender, race, ethnicity, and where you live can increase your risk. African American men are at the highest risk for heart disease. About 2 in 5 African Americans have high blood pressure, but only half have it under control.3 A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine also showed that Americans aged 30 to 74 who live the Southeast—specifically, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia—are at higher risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years than people who live in other parts of the country. Many of these states have a large African American population. This approach can work not only for people who want to quit smoking, but for those who are trying to eat better, exercise, and control their high blood pressure—all ways to help reduce the chances of heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important. It's easy to get your blood pressure checked. You can get screened at your doctor's office and drugstores or even check it yourself at home, using a home blood pressure monitor.
As a company that offers immunoassays used in the research of heart diseases, such as CK-MB ELISA, Myoglobin ELISA and Troponin ELISA, we encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle by not smoking, managing stress and eating healthy, in conjunction with regular physical exercise and weight management. We also highly recommended periodic visits to the doctor to monitoring blood pressure.
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